Ready. Set. Ski! And do it safely!
Winter activities can be extremely fun, but they can be dangerous as well. Take your time to check your equipment, dress properly, plan for your comfort and then enjoy the day!
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
- Pay close attention to other skiers. It is not advised to use earphones while skiing; you should be able to hear skiers who come up behind you.
Control Your Speed
- Ski at a safe pace so you can avoid hitting other skiers and go around obstacles.
Choose Runs Based on Your Skill Level
- To avoid losing control and crashing into trees, lift supports or other skiers, ski only on runs you can ski comfortably.
- Though not required at most resorts, a helmet can save your life. Head injuries are one of the main causes of death while skiing.
- Skiing while intoxicated is not safe. Be responsible when drinking at the ski lodge.
While there will always be inherent dangers to skiing and snowboarding due to the speed and heights involved, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) is working to make it safer. They have a "Know the Code" campaign that advertises the seven basic safety rules that any skier or boarder should know and honor at all times. The 325 NSAA Alpine resorts advertise this code extensively and will forcibly remove anyone who does not follow the rules.
- Perhaps the most important rule, the first point of the code, is that a skier or boarder must always stay in control. At all times persons should be able to stop easily and avoid any people or objects in their path.
Right of Way
- Skiing and boarding have strict rules about who has the right of way. As someone is heading down a slope, the people in front have the right away. If you are behind someone it is your responsibility to be able to avoid them, even if they swerve suddenly.
- Everyone stops at some point on a slope, but skiers and boarders should never stop where they are in the direct way of other people or are invisible. This includes stopping on just leveled-off areas where you may be hidden from the view of those above.
- Many individual ski slopes will merge or cross at various points throughout their length. As you cross a trail or start skiing downhill after merging (or simply resting), you must yield to the others on the slope. This is especially relevant if you are on a catwalk crossing across a steeper slope.
- A skier or boarder is always responsible for his own equipment and ensuring that it does not harm anyone else. This means that person is responsible for having reasonable safety devices on all equipment to keep it from running away or into someone else. Most modern skis already include locking latches.
- Throughout a ski slope there will be signs posted to warn people using the terrain of closures, avalanche warnings, details about the terrain, or simply the difficulty of the slopes. All signs must be observed at all times. If a slope is closed, a skier or boarder is not allowed to enter the slope.
- Before using a lift, it is the responsibility of a skier or boarder to learn how to use the lift safely and properly. Not only must you make sure not to be a danger to yourself, but also not to be a danger to anyone else. This means you must be familiar with how to load a lift, ride a lift, and disembark at the other end
Now that we've gotten your attention, click the link below for some interesting facts about skiing we discovered.
-Fascinating Snow Skiing Facts